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The Night Alive at the Jungle Theater

The Night Alive at the Jungle Theater

What a rich and wonderful theater experience! The Jungle Theater’s new production, “The Night Alive” by Conor McPherson, will run through December 20, and what an alternative it is to the usual holiday lineup. It will pull you in even while you’re asking yourself, “Why do I care about these people?” Oh, but you...
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You Can’t Take It With You at the Jungle Theater

You Can’t Take It With You at the Jungle Theater

Were I a finger-wagging, dyspeptic, world-weary and jaundiced Critic, I might take George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart, authors of You Can’t Take It With You (at the Jungle, through August 9) to task for blatantly predictable manipulation. Why can’t our hero Alice Sycamore say to her moneyed gentleman caller, Tony Kirby, “This is...
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On Golden Pond at the Jungle Theater

On Golden Pond at the Jungle Theater

The Jungle Theater closes its season with the familiar and lovely “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson, starring a “golden” duo, Bain Boehlke and Wendy Lehr. I don’t know how many shows Boehlke and Lehr have done together, or “how far back they go,” but I do know that there are few theater artists...
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Detroit at the Jungle Theater

Detroit at the Jungle Theater

A friendly backyard barbeque with the neighbors builds to the frayed edges of an absurd but frighteningly believable premise in the Jungle Theater’s production of “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour. You just won’t believe what happens and it’s not what you think. Suburbia is crumbling, with each house a little pressure cooker of circumstances that...
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Driving Miss Daisy at the Jungle Theater

Driving Miss Daisy at the Jungle Theater

Wendy Lehr is in this play!  James Craven!  Holy moley! Why can’t live theater generate Twins-like, Vikings-esque excitement?  Certainly, seeing artists of the caliber of Lehr and Craven bring a play to life is at least as exciting as watching Joe Maurer go 0-for-4, or contemplating Adrian Peterson as he snares poorly thrown passes...
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“Fool for Love” at The Jungle Theater

“Fool for Love” at The Jungle Theater

What? You’ve never seen a performance of “Fool for Love?” Well, neither had I, to be honest, and I was so pleased that The Jungle Theater chose it to open their season. If you are even mildly interested in classic, modern American theater, you must see this play, and you really should see it...
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URINETOWN at The Jungle Theater

URINETOWN at The Jungle Theater

The Jungle Theater‘s delightful, exuberant production of Urinetown is occasionally hoisted on its own humorous petard.  The show first premiered in New York over a decade ago—its brand of insider humor—commenting on the cheesy musical even as it presents us with, well, a cheesy musical—has infected our entire culture, from television comedies to blog...
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Deathtrap at the Jungle Theater

Deathtrap at the Jungle Theater

“Do you have any idea how much,” Sidney Bruhl rhapsodizes in Deathtrap (at the Jungle, through May 19), “a play like that is worth in today’s market?  Two million dollars!” Is it really possible?  That a combination of glib theatrics, rapier-thin characters, twisty thrilleresque plotting and nasty comedy could transform an innocent dramatist into...
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Venus In Fur at the Jungle Theater

Venus In Fur at the Jungle Theater

It’s a dark and stormy night.  Working in a rented and calculatedly funky New York City rehearsal studio, director slash playwright slash occasional actor Thomas is ending a long day of auditions for his adaptation of the obscure German novel Venus Im Pelz by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.  Thomas phones his girlfriend Stacy and vents:...
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Waiting For Godot at the Jungle Theater

Waiting For Godot at the Jungle Theater

Lord preserve Samuel Beckett (and Harold Pinter, and Eugene Ionesco and Edward Albee, et al) from the predations of literary theorists who have declared him “important,” a practitioner of something called, airily, “theater of the absurd,” a playwright with deep philosophical leanings.  This is nonsense.  Beckett was not in the “significance” business; he created...
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